Hormones have an important role in regulating body’s metabolic processes.
That is the reason why hormone imbalance affects your metabolism, immune system, reproductive system, and menstrual cycle.
There are many factors which affect the endocrine function, especially your food choices.
In order to optimize your body’s hormonal response, you should know the following things about food-hormone connection.
Look for protein-rich foods
Mackerel, sardines, and salmon are a rich source of proteins. You should also consume soy and poultry. Protein promotes weight loss and reduces the symptoms of menopause. Mackerel, sardines, and salmon are fatty fish which improve your mood and prevent depression. This food also protects your heart health.
Get enough cruciferous vegetables in your diet
Cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage are important source of nutrients. They reduce estrogen levels and prevent breast cancer. Obese or overweight pre-menopause women should increase the intake of these vegetables.
Eat foods high in B vitamins
Lean beef and whole grains contain B vitamins, which help in the prevention of depression.
Reduce the intake of sugar
You can consume sugar from time to time, but be careful how much you consume. Excessive sugar intake can cause hormonal imbalance and other health complications.
Reduce caffeine intake
Drinking tea or coffee is good for you, as long as you add low fat or non fat milk. Women of menopausal age should limit caffeine consumption.
Women who experience hot flashes during their menopause, should reduce alcohol intake.
Consume low fat foods
Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are low-calorie foods. These foods reduce the symptoms of menopause. Avoid fat consumption and you’ll feel much better.
Eat raw and cooked food
Raw foods boost your energy, while cooked foods reduce anxiety.
Most importantly, don’t skip your meals and eat a healthy, balanced diet in order to keep your blood sugar stable. Unstable blood sugar levels can trigger depression, anxiety, fatigue, and weight gain.